By Devin Byker

Lectures in Criticism: Rubén Gallo

September 12th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Rubén Gallo will deliver the first lecture in the Lectures in Criticism series on Thursday, September 26, at 5 pm in Photonics 906, 8 St. Mary’s Street (across Commonwealth Avenue from Marsh Plaza). The title of his talk is “Sigmund Freud and Octavio Paz: Orientalism and Eroticism.”  A reception will follow the lecture.

Rubén Gallo, an award-winning writer and scholar, is the author of Freud’s Mexico: Into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis (2010), a study of Freud’s fantasies about Mexico.  He has also published Mexican Modernity: the Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution (2005), about the Mexican avant-garde’s fascination with machines, and two books about Mexico City’s visual culture: New Tendencies in Mexican Art (2004) and The Mexico City Reader (2004).  He is currently at work on a new book, Marcel Proust’s Latin Americans.  He is a member of the board of the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna and in 2009 he was the Freud-Fulbright Visiting Scholar in Psychoanalysis in Austria.  He teaches at Princeton University.

Please join us!

The Lectures in Criticism series is sponsored by The BU Humanities Center and the Departments of English, Romance Studies, and Modern Languages and Comparative Literature.

Seminars at Mahindra Humanities Center, 2013-14

September 9th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Once again this year, a number of BU English department faculty members will be co-facilitating year-long seminars at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. See below for a list of seminars organized by BU English faculty members. (In addition to those listed below, your participation is welcome at any of the Mahindra seminars.)

American Literature and Culture, organized by Joseph Rezek (with Amanda Claybaugh)

Cognitive Theory and the Arts, organized by Anna Henchman (with Alan Richardson and Elaine Scarry)

Modernism, organized by John Paul Riquelme (with Paige Reynolds)

Shakespearean Studies, organized by William C. Carroll (with Coppélia Kahn)

Welcome to Minou Arjomand

September 9th, 2013 in Uncategorized

The English department welcomes a new faculty member to its ranks this fall: Minou Arjomand (Ph.D., Columbia), whose research focuses on twentieth-century political theatre, now occupies the department position in modern drama. In addition to her work on figures such as Bertolt Brecht, Erwin Piscator, and Peter Weiss, her other teaching and research interests include opera, modernism, artistic collaboration, and the interactions between literature, music, and visual arts.

Fall 2013 Graduate Student Workshops

September 9th, 2013 in Uncategorized

The schedule for the Fall 2013 Graduate Student Workshop series has been finalized, and it is more bustling than ever before. Workshops will take place in the third floor seminar room at 12 noon on Mondays and 12:30 on Tuesdays. Pizza will be served.

Silent Film Classics

March 7th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Professor Julia Brown has organized a silent film series this spring, with live piano accompaniment. Watch your department mailboxes for flyers with movie listings, dates, and times.

Corinne Jaber Returns to BU

March 7th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Corinne Jaber will be returning to BU this March to speak about her work producing Shakespeare plays in the Middle East. Her lecture will take place on Tuesday March 19, 5:00 PM in CAS 200, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, at Boston University. The lecture is called “With Shakespeare from Kabul to the Globe,” hosted by the Department of English and the Boston University Humanities Center. This lecture reports on the Dari-language ‘Afghan’ production of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” (with the Roy-E-Sabs Theatre Company, Kabul) for the London Globe Theatre’s “Globe to Globe” International Festival in London, May 2012; the production also played in India, Germany and other sites in the UK.

Corinne Jaber's acting credits include "The Mahabharata," directed by Peter Brook; Shakespeare's "Henry VIII," directed by Gregory Thompson (Royal Shakespeare Company); and "Frozen," by Bryony Lavery. She was awarded the Molière Prize in 2001 as Best Actress for "Une bête sur la lune." She has also directed "Sisters" by Fabrice Melquiot in Kabul and Paris.

Willing Suspension Productions: The Tamer Tamed

March 7th, 2013 in Uncategorized

Willing Suspension Productions, the English department's Renaissance theatre arm, will be producing John Fletcher's The Tamer Tamed (the sequel to Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew) on March 28, 29, and 30 at 7pm at the Student Theater at Agganis Arena. General admission $7, student tickets $5. Don't miss this chance to see what Petruchio has coming to him!

Spring 2013 Graduate Student Workshops

March 7th, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Spring 2013 schedule for the Graduate Student Workshops is now available! Each session will feature the work of a current English graduate student and Scoozi pizza. Contact Reed Gochberg or Melissa Schoenberger with questions.